Bruce Banner is one of the smartest people in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which comes in handy when he’s trying to save the world with the Avengers. But while some problems require brains, others require brute force, and luckily Banner can unleash the anger within to release the Hulk upon the world. In Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Mark Ruffalo plays Bruce Banner and also used motion capture technology to help breathe life into the computer generated Hulk you see on screen.
Marvel.com got to visit the set of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and talk to Ruffalo about what we can expect to see from both Banner and the Hulk in the upcoming film.
One option for dealing with the Jade Giant might be to destroy him completely. Although, considering his skill set, the strengths might outweigh the damage Hulk can cause.
“The essential struggle that he’s having is that he does have this destructive side of him,” says Ruffalo. “You know that’s never going to go away. That power is really destructive. I think it’s a matter of management control at this point, rather than just shutting him down completely.”
Banner isn’t alone in this battle, as he has super-powered teammates to help keep him in check and look out for him, a feeling altogether new to him.
“I think he’s trying to become a part of the group more,” Ruffalo explains. “I don’t think he’s ever felt like part of a family, or part of anything. He’s always sort of been this outsider, or on the run, or, you know, trying to shun humanity. [laughs]“
Ruffalo continues, “But now I feel like he has the idea that maybe he is a part of something and feels more comfortable. He has a fantasy that he could actually be a part of something. I still think it’s a struggle for him and I never think that he quite has it under control. But I think in this version, he’s as close to having a normal life as he possibly could, which might include…some romance. Is that ever possible for Banner is really the question.”
In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Banner has an apartment in Stark Tower, showing how strong his relationship is with Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr.
“Banner’s working on a lot of stuff and Tony’s working on his own stuff and they complement each other,” Ruffalo describes. “You could tell that, in this film, they’ve been working together. They’ve gotten a short-hand together, but also don’t really know how to work well together. So that’s been built out quite a lot and it’s fun. It’s cool. [laughs]“
Banner also develops relationships with characters who are new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff.
“I love the new kids on the block. I love Wanda.” Although it sounds like Wanda acts as a catalyst between characters in the film, as Ruffalo explains, “She’s able to bring out the worst in us.”
The most important relationship for Banner would be his relationship with Hulk.
“We left with this idea that I’m always angry and therefore I have some control over it,” Ruffalo clarifies. “But anger, when you think you have control over it, you absolutely don’t. There’s still a wrangling going on. There’s a confrontation brewing between the Hulk’s consciousness and Banner’s consciousness that I think we’re starting to head into right now.”
But can Banner and Hulk really ever co-exist?
“I don’t know, it’s tough. [laughs] But they’re going to have to work it out because if they didn’t–you know there’s serious tension there and it’s only growing.”
Ruffalo also described the working relationship with renowned motion capture expert Andy Serkis and the way that technology has lent itself to his acting approach.
“Andy has created a kind of space and this new attitude towards motion capture that kind of honors the actor a bit more than it was in the past.
“And so I see the motion capture as this incredible new place for us to go in performance that we never had before,” Ruffalo continues. “It’s more like puppeteering. You’re no longer constricted by the attributes that you have as a person. Your age, your weight, or your size–none of that matters anymore.”
And as far as any fears the rest of the Avengers might have that Banner could become the Hulk at any moment, Ruffalo explains, “indoors, I have to be Banner. That’s kind of the rule. It’s like leave your shoes at the door. It’s like leave your Banner at the door. Leave your Hulk at the door.”
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